Wow, 2019 is nearly over! Today is the last day and tomorrow will be a new year. I think that it is a time of year that conjures up a lot of emotions and instinctively makes us reflective. So today I’m looking back on my year of reading and blogging. Finally, I will go over my favourite books and what book I think is the best book of the year.
In March of this year, I started blogging after thinking about it constantly for the past 6 months. Despite this like most things I do I did not plan it at all and just decided to do it when I was fed up with thinking about it. So as such my very first post was made on the 27th of March 2019. Since then I have posted 137 times with this post being my 138th!
Through the months I have taken a few hiatuses, some scheduled some impromptu but each taught me a lesson and made me realise how much I love this blog. I now 9 months later feel like I have found my feet, found a schedule I can keep up to and know what to drop when a week gets hectic (always the memes Brooklynne, alway the memes)
I’ve been really happy to watch my readership grow not just on my blog but across all platforms, and started building relationships with publishers. The biggest lesson I learned this year was to be more selective with Review Copies/ARCs. In the beginning, I picked anything that looked vaguely interesting. And often they would be a drag to read.
So what does a year of blogging look like?
This year I have managed to read 126 books(hoping to make it 127 by the end of the day) which is amazing! I had only aimed for 100 and was rather happy to get to two books a week average. Especially since I don’t think I read for most of January last year. I discovered a lot of new authors this year, read a fair share of debuts and even discovered some new favourite authors (Shaun David Hutchinson). Here’s a Goodreads overview of my ratings.
I do know that I find it hard to give books less than 3 stars and it something I need to be better about in the new year.
For those interested and not wanting to count all the tiny books it works out like this:
Part of this overall good skew is because at 38 years old I have a pretty good idea of books that I’m going to enjoy. The other part is as stated above I’m possibly a bit soft on books, something to work on in the new year.
So out of all those books, I have to have a favourite right. I mean I read 40 books that I gave 5 stars, but surely one stands out as the best book of the year right? Yes, there was, actually two because I couldn’t decide and because I felt it was unfair to compete Adult books against Young Adult books. So without further ado:
Best Young Adult Book of 2019:
Surprising absolutely NO ONE who has ever met me Anna-Marie McLemore’s newest book coming out in just 3 weeks Dark and Deepest Red has to be my all-time favourite book I have read this year. This is also my favourite book I have ever read of theirs yet. It is so queer, so trans, so feminist and so magical! I loved the historical aspects of this so much and Alifair is such a dream trans boy heartthrob. Try not to fall in love with him!
Best Adult Book of 2019:
This was a close one as Middlegame by Seanan McGuire tried to muscle this beauty out of number one but Elizabeth Knox’s latest book, The Absolute Book, held its ground and reminded me that it had everything I loved. It has Fae folk, whimsical intense storytelling, Kidnapping, Shapeshifters, Demons and the Gates of Hell. All of that wrapped in a beautiful and heart-achingly stunning story of a woman trying desperately to recover from the loss of her sister.
That’s it that’s my wrap up of 2019. What was your year like? What were the best books you read this year? Any close calls?